Gone are the days when taking one’s little one to the salon for a haircut meant wailing and tantrums! If the salon were colourful and interesting, straight out of an Enid Blyton book as Barber Black Sheep, it certainly means ‘no tears but only cheer’ moment, for both the kid as well as the parent! It won’t be wrong to say that Barber Black Sheep was born and parents lived happily ever after! Exclusively for tiny tots and their moms, Barber Black Sheep is a spiffy salon and a walk in play zone, that goes all guns blazing keeping customers; little, and not so little happy! It’s a place that not only indulges and pampers kids, but makes life a lot easier for us parents. They hosts activities, birthday parties and keep the kids creatively and meaningfully engaged when the mom wants some ‘me’ time or the parents want some ‘we’ time. Established in early 2016 by two sisters (both erstwhile educators) and their mom (the universal Nani as we’d like to introduce her and as all the tots fondly call her), Barber Black Sheep is now a name to reckon with. The place is a fun lounge and an extremely safe hang out for kids, a God sent angel, when the parent in you wants to recoop and reboot!
Since many kids tend to get squirmy while getting a haircut, the staff ensures that your tot is made comfortable before bringing out the scissors. Mock pampering in the form of manis, pedis, and hair styling are also on offer. Spa parties for little dolls are their forte too, but of course with a little disciplined approach of everything mock, albeit without compromising on the fun element. The stylists that the place has, have been with them since its very inception.
Not ‘Just’ A Salon
Don’t go by the name! Barber Black Sheep is not just a salon. It can well be described as an extension of your kid’s very own nursery or playroom. The place offers a soft playscape and activity centre for children, offering a safe and stimulating environment to allow kids to actively play. In the process, the kids develop new motor skills such as learning to climb, balance, build blocks; and also hone their social skills by playing with other kids. This constructive downtime is equipped with a variety of games and playing facilities for various age groups (toddlers to pre teens). Spread over 2000 square feet, the place offers hands-on discovery and learning through spontaneous play, while incorporating elements of fun and entertainment. Barber Black Sheep offers children unstructured, much needed ‘Free Play’ opportunities. The “Free Play” concept allows kids to explore, experience and develop. Besides coordination and muscular development, “Free Play” also helps develop imagination, enhance creativity and build confidence. What we absolutely love about this space is abstinence from any computer or electronic video game kind of feel which a lot of play zones for kids offer in name of entertainment. Barber Black Sheep certainly takes one back to the good old days of playing unbridled, and just being simply happy without the beeping and pinging of gadgets.
An “all women” female formidable team (thumbs up to that), the place has experienced and gentle female nannies, and either of the founders (though in most cases all) physically present and totally involved 24/7. The team supervises the children and encourages them to try different activities as opposed to the facilities where kids are left to play with their maids.
With a modest cafe that brews up refreshments for moms and kids, what sets Barber Black Sheep apart is the warmth that it exudes and the personal touch and involvement of the founders. It’s almost as if you are getting entertained and looked after in your very own home. They pamper not just the kids but their squad too, be it mommies or grannies. Because of the large area, the place is also a very popular birthday venue. “We have had people coming to us for celebrating their kids birthdays for consecutive years”, informs Sakshi with a glint in her eyes. Now that speaks about the magic the team ‘Enid Blyton’ whips for you. The icing on the cake (quite literally!) is the home made treats. Be it child friendly pizzas, pasta or good old pav bhaji, chana kulcha, or anything chatpatta and tantalising, there’s nothing they cannot do!
The birthday party packages here are extremely modest too. The parties will remind you of your own personalised parties from yester years, replete with games, unbridled fun and loads of delectable goodies. Your kids, senses and wallet happy! Ain’t that a Win-Win?!! You could even rent the whole area exclusively for a private birthday party, if your guest list is more than 30.
After garnering so much love and appreciation from their patrons, the Barber Black Sheep family, we hear is also coming up with a very unique (and much needed) concept of such play areas at wedding venues too, so that the kid is entertained and in safe hands, while you get the time and freedom to take selfies! We told you they are God sent, didn’t we!
Where: A-14/1 4th Floor DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon, Haryana